J. Reuben Clark Law Society

Elaine Dalton Urges Orange County Annual Dinner Attendees to Live "For Such a Time as This" With Courage and Faith


The Orange County Chapter held its Annual Dinner on September 18, 2015, at the Irvine Marriott Hotel. The keynote speaker was Sister Elaine S. Dalton, who served from 2008-2013 as the General President of the Young Women of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The theme of Sister Dalton’s talk was “For Such a Time as This.” Taking that title from a scripture in the Book of Esther, Sister Dalton likened that Old Testament story to the circumstances in which we find ourselves today. She pointed out that, in Esther’s case, she unexpectedly found herself in a position where—by resorting to great courage and faith—she became a true hero to help save her people from imminent destruction. Likewise, in our day, we can exercise our own courage and faith to become powerful examples of righteousness and influence to save our families and those around us from impending spiritual destruction. Such latter day circumstances are clearly prophesied in the Book of Mormon.

The Annual Dinner was attended by about 175 members, spouses, and friends of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society. During the evening, the slate of chapter officers was advanced, with Chair-Elect Philip M. Nelson becoming the new Chapter Chair, and with the former Chair, Rick A. Varner, becoming Immediate Past Chair. Also, Jennifer H. Wilson became Secretary and joined the Executive Committee as its newest officer.  In addition, a number of chapter members were rotated off the Board with great appreciation for the service, and a comparable number of new Board members were installed in their place.  

One of the additional highlights of the evening was the Orange County Chapter’s presentation of its annual J. Reuben Clark Award to Dyke E. Huish, a dedicated member of the Board for many years and a criminal defense specialist who frequently provides pro bono counsel for individuals in the community who would otherwise be unable to obtain a legal services.

By Jeff Shields, Orange County Chapter Member and Chair of Religious Freedom Committee


Posted: November 16, 2015

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